Ann Marie Floch – Coming Out

“She really needed to know.”

I [counseled] one young woman who was gay. Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer, so I told her we were [too]. She knew we were closeted, but she really needed to know that. Then, we had some friends that came out from Minnesota. I told her they were coming and that they were [gay] also. So, the four of us all went to one of her baseball games. I haven’t seen her in years. I’ve seen her picture lately and I’m tickled that she’s still in town doing whatever she’s doing.


We’re sitting at Odyssey, the guy from Stonewall comes, the gentleman who used to own it, and [he] needs some people for pictures. So what happens? Linda [McKitrick] gets up, and Julie [Amo] gets up. So I got up and went with them. The next time [my photo was in the paper], it was the Spokesman. We were out helping Julie and a couple of the other kids get the float ready [for Pride]. Then, a couple of months later, I went in to see my doctor. One of the ladies who does a lot of reception stuff said, “I saw you in the paper!” I’m looking at her wondering, “Well, was it good or was it bad?” [Laughs.] She was grinning at me.


Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson on 13 December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.